Archive for the 'AA' Category

My Four Month Struggle

I have been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Florida for awhile now, however I relocated to Pennsylvania and my licensure has been a difficult process. I had reciprocity in Pennsylvania, with my license, and sent all of my documents but it seemed that I frequently needed to have other things completed for the full process.  I’m not putting the blame on me, on Florida, or on Pennsylvania, but it was an undertaking that I wasn’t expecting to take so long.  I think as a therapist, we don’t discuss our feelings openly but I am a person with real emotions and feelings.  This was a difficult emotional struggle as I felt like things were out of my hands, out of my control, and a constant frustration.  I’m happy to say, my frustrations have come to an end, I finally received my license and it’s a relief that I can move forward and open my own practice.  I am officially a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania.

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Side Effects of Bulimia Nervosa

Many times, we as people, do things that we’re not proud of.  Unaware of the side effects we continue with these actions.  I am going to map out the physical side effects of Bulimia Nervosa.  This way you don’t have an excuse for “not knowing” what you’re doing to your body.

  • Esophageal problems
  • Vocal chord damage
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hair loss
  • Digestive problems
  • Decreased body temperature
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Elimination problems
  • Dental Damage
  • Organ damage
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • Enlarged salivary glands
  • Dry skin
  • Decreased bone density
  • Menstrual dysfunction
  • Hormone irregularities
  • Insomnia
  • Low red blood cell levels
  • Weak muscles
  • Immune system damage

*Compliments of http://bulimiasideeffects.com/.

 

Eating Disorders On The Rise: Statistics

As I was doing research on Eating Disorders, I came across a site that stated there are over 8 million people in the United States with an Eating Disorder.  I was shocked to hear such a huge number.  I understand that 1 out of 4 people have some form of an eating disorder from binging, over eating, to restricting, etc… However 8 million!!!  To put it into perspective 8 million is equivalent to:

Just so you can see what 8 million really means.

 

 

The Visual Perception of Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Body Dysmorphic Disorder is a term that many people might have heard of but don’t understand.   According to ScienceDaily.com, 30% of people with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) do suffer with an eating disorder as well.  The DSM IV-TR #300.7 describes BDD as:  patients become overly concerned, or at times convinced, that in some fashion or other they are misshapen or deformed, despite all evidence to the contrary.

People with BDD tend to fixate on extreme details.  Rather than viewing a face as a whole, they would focus on the imperfections like a blemish or a slightly crooked nose.  The impact of the disorder can be debilitating.  Sufferers think obsessively about their appearance and engage in repetitive, time-consuming behaviors, such as checking their appearance in the mirror with every opportunity given.  Many are too embarrassed to leave their house, thinking others see their “faults” as well.  Some have repeated unnecessary plastic surgeries hoping to “fix” their problems, while others may become suicidal. BDD affects an estimated 2% of the population and is thought to be especially common in people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Good Bye Oprah

Oprah Winfrey has had a running talk show for 25 years and now she is going to retire.  Personally, I have not been an Oprah viewer however I am able to respect all that she does.  She is a woman who stands up for what she believes in and has helped so many people through the years.  She has been a huge supporter of different charities and has had thousands of guests.  Her guests have ranged from the average American to the high end celebrity.  Her guests have shown what people go through on a daily basis from daily struggles to internal struggles.  By watching her, people have been able to relate to others and not feel so alone.  So here is a dedication to Oprah and all of her work.  Good bye Oprah.  You will be missed.

How have you been touched by Oprah?